The 2017 NATPE conference in Miami is approaching quickly, and along with it, a very special event you won’t want to miss. The upcoming 14th annual Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award ceremony, which will take place at a separate reception during NATPE Miami, honors media executives and professionals who boast outstanding leadership, passion, vision, contributions, and independence in the world of television programming.
Selected by NATPE’s Executive Committee and the staff of its trade publications, Honorees are also recognized as embodying the same spirit of former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff, after whom the award was named and who is credited with turning around the network’s poor reputation during his tenure with hit shows such as Cheers, Law & Order, and Seinfeld.
In preparation for the Legacy Award ceremony, we’d like to highlight some of the past year’s honorees in a series of posts to help you get to know not only those recognized, but also understand the enduring influence of Tartikoff and our industry’s shared love of entertainment.
Without further ado, here’s a look back at the 2004 Honorees of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award:
At the time of her Award recognition, Gail Berman was President of Entertainment for Fox Entertainment. Similar to Tartikoff’s success, she helped Fox reach the top of TV ratings with hits such as American Idol, 24, House, Family Guy, and Arrested Development.
With a degree in theater from the University of Maryland, Berman co-produced the original, Tony Award-nominated Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. In 2005, she was named President of Paramount Pictures. Berman also co-founded Regency Television, served as CEO of Sandollar Television, and more recently worked as co-founder of media brand BermanBraun.
Berman’s work in the entertainment industry has landed her recognition from publications such as FORTUNE and Forbes as one of the most powerful women in business. Berman now serves as Chairman and CEO of the Jackal Group, an independent production company which develops scripted, unscripted, and factual programming for Fox Networks Group’s channels.
Mark Burnett is a reality television and programming producer with his own production brand Mark Burnett Productions. He’s known for developing, and executive producing some of the most recognized reality shows to date, including titles like Survivor, Shark Tank, The Apprentice, and The Voice. In total, Burnett has produced over 2900 hours of television which has aired in more than 70 countries.
Burnett’s accomplishments also include producing the History Channel drama The Bible, which became the number one new TV series on cable in 2013. In 2014, Burnett became president of United Artists Media Group before moving on to the position of president at MGM Television and Digital Group in 2015, where he still works and oversees shows such as Fargo and Vikings.
Over his entire career, Burnett has won ten Emmy Awards four Producers Guild of America Awards, and five Critics’ Choice Television Awards. He’s also received six People’s Choice Awards, and been recognized by Time and TV Guide magazines as one of the most influential producers in the world.
Marcy Carsey, Tom Werner, and Caryn Mandabach
In 2004, these three media executives were principles at Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Productions. Individually, each producer brought his or her strengths and Tartikoff-like passion to the production firm, which is known for releasing popular series such as Cosby, That ‘70s Show, Roseanne, and 3rd Rock from the Sun.
In the 1970s, Carsey served as a writer and producer at ABC, developing comedy programming including Happy Days. She formed her own production company in 1982, and a year later partnered with Werner, who had worked with her at ABC. Both Carsey and Werner were inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1996, and both producers received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America in 2001.
In 2000, Carsey, Werner, and long-time partner Mandabach formed the TV network Oxygen alongside Oprah Winfrey. Mandabach was made an official partner of Carsey-Werner in 2001 and has won an Emmy Award, as well as recognitions from The Producer’s Guild, Women in Film, and the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.
Overall, the three media executives have produced series garnering 24 Emmy Awards, several Golden Globes and Peabody Awards, and 11 People’s Choice Awards.
As a 2004 recipient of the Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, Lowe served as president and CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company. He’s most well-known for spearheading the creation of HGTV in 1994, a network which continues to be one of the leading voices in the lifestyle, design, and food industries.
Lowe received his BA in radio, television, and motion pictures from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to serving at E.W. Scripps Co., which he joined in 1980, Lowe was chairman and CEO of Scripps Networks. In addition to masterminding the launch and growth of HGTV, he also had a hand in acquiring and developing the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and helping launch the DIY Network and the Cooking Channel.
In 2008, Lowe moved on to the position of chairman, president, and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. It was recently announced that Lowe will step down from this role in 2019.
Stay tuned for more information on past Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award honorees in future posts!